Reading Mentoring
March 2018 by V. R. Duin


The charging bull of illuminated energy that comes with a structured reading mentoring program of reading mentorship and reading tutoring can help a child read at grade level or the next level.

Mentoring fills gaps. The rise of dual working parents, of single parenting and the broad range of academic and socio-economic levels in our communities is a huge change. It has created a need for individual reading mentorship and reading tutoring through a structured reading mentoring program. This is particularly true for young students with reading deficiencies.

Reading proficiency by the end of third grade provides a strong indicator for a student's future success. Reading is a skill that can be measured by technical and academic standards. Parents can check the reading level of a book using online applications, formulas, scales and systems. Reading a few pages of the book online will help to determine the complexity of the language. Type a couple paragraphs of the book in Microsoft Word. Under “Spelling & Grammar”, a readability score is available.

Fast-moving screen time pulls kids away from reading. Screen time offers no time to read. It is fast-paced but not instructive. Children would rather play online than read. A child who cannot read, cannot learn about other subjects that matter for success in school, life and future career building. Learning to read takes practice. Children with a reading tutor gain practice and may develop an enthusiasm for reading through the reading mentorship experience. Students learn a lot by participating with others in collaborative activities.

In the past, reading tutoring and an enthusiasm for reading were developed at home. Parents, grandparents and older siblings read to young children. The Reading Mentors Program of the Governor's Office of Georgia is an example of a structured reading mentoring program that supplements the diminishing role of parents and other family members in children's reading development. The stages of reading progress by experience rather than by age.

Screens present material that does not stick with children. In school, at work and at play, we often learn little from those who are closely aligned with us. Children are attracted to giddy junk and awe online. Their playing field is filled with weaker or equal players. Mentors are stronger players. Mentors help children rise to the challenge. It is helpful to have a child read a passage in a book, then explain the content. A mentor provides feedback and asks further questions.

The guidance and direction of a mentor assists in the development of skills and knowledge. Help advanced children read beyond their determined level of reading. Provide struggling readers with simple books to build confidence and language skills. A more experienced or more knowledgeable mentor can help to guide those of us with less experience or knowledge. Writing mentorship works for writers who are learning to write as well as reading mentorship works for readers who are learning to read. Mentorship need not come in the form of a structured writing or reading mentoring program.

Mentors help writers. As with structured reading mentoring programs, editing and ghostwriting companies exist to help writers. An expert eye can help writers massage their work into polished form. It is helpful to have guidance to target readers of different genres and reading levels. The same energy that comes with reading mentorship and reading tutoring also may be generated for beginning writers by professional writers with vast experience in our genre. Should writers be lucky enough to find good mentors, the expectation is for us to work hard on ourselves.

Mentors neither expect nor need anyone else to pull them along. Mentors can be older or younger than the person being mentored. They are defined by their expertise and willingness to contribute to the growth of someone with less experience. Mentors are their own brand of charging bull. V. R. Duin was fortunate to have Graeme Lofts as her mentor in the field of childhood reading, writing and education.

Reading tutoring gives targeted help.

  • Reading Mentorship Reading Rates says:

    Some schools are incorporating reading mentorship into student development programs, because it helps speed up the integration and advancement of late bloomers.

  • Reading Mentoring Program Reading Rates says:

    A reading mentoring program may benefit society by preventing homelessness, suspension, early parenthood, and a lack of academic confidence in students.

    • Reading TutoringReading Rates says:

      Reading tutoring adds individualized structure and progress guidance to a child's learning experience.